I asked this question here but after a month with no response, posing it as a proper question seems like the way to go.

So when a question is initially flagged as a duplicate, there is a comment. If the duplicate flag gets enough votes, the question is closed as a duplicate, and the comment is deleted. Does upvoting the duplicate comment count as a close vote? Does it do anything at all?

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    It makes the comment more likely to be shown than other comments in the event that some of the comments need to be hidden. That, and displaying a number for people to see, is the only effect. – Servy Mar 5 '14 at 16:37

No, it just counts as another upvote on the comment (it increases the vote count).

Additional "close as exact duplicate flags" will also increase the vote count on a "possible duplicate" comment (if it exists). But the comment score itself has no effect on closing a question.

  • As a sidenote: I've noticed recently that voting for the duplicate doesn't upvote the related comment anymore. Is this a conscious change? – Jeroen Vannevel Mar 5 '14 at 16:50
  • @JeroenVannevel: I'm not quite sure how that works. If someone manually posts as "possible duplicate" comment (instead of the automagically posted comment), I would imagine that the system may not be aware of it. – Robert Harvey Mar 5 '14 at 16:56

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